This is my first Nail Art Ideas Linkup design for the month of March. I’m excited for the themes we have this month! Especially AQUA for some reason . 😀
The theme for week 1 is STAMPING so I reached for my new Bundle Monster set! I finally got the Create Your Own 2013 set that I’ve been lusting after. I’m so excited to use them all! For this easy chevron I used plate BM-423.
I’ve never done a traditional chevron using little pieces of zig zaggy tape or anything. I’ve always felt like if I tried I would screw it up! Me and tape don’t always get along. So using a stamping plate instead was the perfect solution for me! I generally have good luck with stamping.
Besides my bundle monster plate, I used three different OPIs for this manicure. I like how the different colors coordinate and clash all at the same time for a cool 80’s vibe. Here’s what I’m wearing:
♥ Did It On ‘Em ♥ Elephantastic Pink ♥ Haven’t the Foggiest
Thinking of joining in on the March N.A.I.L. fun? More info right here- NAILLINKUP. And don’t forget to check out the other stamping manis >>
I spotted this scented polish at Forever 21 clothing store and I just couldn’t resist! I’ve always wondered how smelly these polishes really are! I assumed they’d be disappointing for some reason… so I went for the glitziest color on the display. If it doesn’t smell good- well at least it looks good, right? I decided on Love & Beauty by Forever 21 Scented Nail Polish in Raspberry.
My first instinct was to open the bottle and take a big whiff. 😀 Uhhh… so where’s the yummy raspberry scent? Instead it smelled like chemicals and alcohol (well, I guess for some people that might smell good. LOL)! As it turns out, the raspberry aroma doesn’t pop up until the polish is drying. I applied one coat and within a minute or so I could smell the fake fruity smell. I immediately recognized it and it didn’t take long for me to make the connection. This polish smells just like the magenta Mr. Sketch scented markers from the 80’s! Ahhhh… I feel like a kid again! 😀
I like the surprise retro scent of this polish… but the formula is just plain weird! It forms a thin and rubbery layer over your nail that’s very susceptible to bumps and gouges. I lightly banged my hands a couple times and it really messed up my paint job! It took forever to dry and then I had to go for a third coat to fix the dents and cover some bald spots. With three coats there’s no way that the polish would set before bedtime. So to cut down on dry-time I had to go over it with a topcoat of Seche Vite. I figured the clear coat would totally mask the scent… but surprisingly, I can still smell the Mr. Sketch markers a little bit! Yippee. I can’t wait to sniff my nails all day at work.